What Does CODA Mean?

CODA means "Children of Deaf Adults."

For most people, CODA was an acronym used to refer to children whose parents are deaf. The term was popularized by the triple-Oscar winning 2021 movie CODA and, in 2023, was included in the Oxford English Dictionary as a new definition of the word coda.

Prior to 2022, the word coda meant "a piece of music at the end of a longer piece of music, usually separate from the basic structure," or "the final part of a speech, event, or piece of writing."

Summary of Key Points

"Children of Deaf Adults" is the most common definition for CODA on TikTok, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Children of Deaf Adults
Type:Acronym and Word
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


An Academic Look at CODA

Coda is both an acronym and a word. An acronym is an abbreviation spoken like a word. They differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters (e.g., AAMOF, ABP).

A noun is a naming word. For example:
  • The parents of coda kids have a quiet life at home.
  • A group of musicians have set up a terrorist group called Al Coda.

Example of CODA Used in a Text


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